Pasta is a famous Italian food and comes in several shapes and varieties, one of which is known as penne. Since penne is a grain product, it has plenty of health benefits, particularly because of its high fiber content. It is popularly used in several salads, including the ‘Penne with Fresh Tomatoes and Sweet Corn’ salad. The distinct and delicious taste of this salad comes from the pleasant mix of penne pasta, tomatoes and sweet corn, tossed in a fresh and tangy dressing. The salad does not take much time to prepare, and can be utilised as a side dish with pretty much any main course. A light summer dish, it can be served hot or cold, and is bound to delight all sorts of pasta lovers.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 3 persons
Utensils: Large bowl, cooking pot, spoon, cooking apparatus, colander, whisk
- 250g penne pasta
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
- 75g sweet corn kernels
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 3 spring onions, chopped
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 handful of chopped fresh basil leaves
Cook the penne as per the instructions provided on the back of the package, boiling it in a pot of water until the pasta is fully cooked, and tender yet firm. Then, pour the contents of the pot out into a colander, and drain the pasta. Keep it in the colander, and set it aside to be used later.
In the meantime, start preparing the dressing for the salad – since this is a fresh summer salad, the dressing should be refreshing, with a hint of tartness. Take a large bowl, pour in the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil – whisk it all together thoroughly. Make sure you add the olive oil last, and drizzle it in gently, whisking all the while in order to incorporate it fully.
Now, stir the tomatoes, spring onions and corn into the bowl. Let this mixture sit for some time, between 5 to 10 minutes, so all the flavours can blend together, and the vegetables can become fully infused with the dressing. This may be called your ‘tomato mixture’.
Finally, add the penne pasta to the tomato mixture, and toss it all together. As a final touch, sprinkle grated Parmesan all over it, and then sprinkle the salad with the chopped fresh basil leaves. Your penne with fresh tomatoes and sweet corn salad is now ready to be served.